If "Friends" were a K-drama, who would you cast?
The beloved American TV show Friends will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first episode on September 22. 20 years is a long time, but that hasn't stopped many fans from reminiscing or picking up a DVD and re-watching it. It's high time that a show like Friends gets revived, and we've always wondered – could this show be a K-drama?
Well... why not? We've got so many dramas depicting modern-day romance in the city, so a version of Friends would fit right in! Here's our pick if we could cast the Korean version of Friends!
Monica Geller – Moon Chae Won
Why Moon Chae Won? Because we think she has the sass and the mothering instinct to take on the role. With her presence, Moon Chae Won can take command of the room and of the situation, and we're pretty sure she can still be quite charming when she's bossy. Just check out Good Doctor, and you'll see why.
Rachel Green – Lee Min Jung
Lee Min Jung is already halfway to being just like Rachel Green. If you watch her in Smile, You, she's a spoiled daughter and happens to be ditched at the altar! Okay, so Rachel Green did the ditching in Friends, but both gals end up running off in their wedding gowns, do they not? Just like Rachel, Lee Min Jung has really chic fashion sense, is just silly enough to be endearing, and could totally end up working for a fashion label like Ralph Lauren or Louis Vuitton.
Phoebe Buffay – Shin So Yool
Delightfully sweet and quirky, Shin So Yool is now an "expert" of the 90s thanks to her role in Answer Me 1997. Shin is just kooky enough to be the freestyle hippie that Phoebe is. And she could probably pull off a really good rendition of "Smelly Cat."
Ross Geller – Lee Dong Wook
Who wouldn't want to see Lee Dong Wook be adorably sweet and socially awkward? While the actor is a seasoned veteran of variety shows, that doesn't mean Lee Dong Wook can't play the bumbling nerd. He usually takes on dramatic roles where he's perfect on the outside but imperfect on the inside, and he's got a fine knack for comedy (see: My Girl or Wild Romance). So why not combine the two and be Ross?
Chandler Bing – Daniel Choi
As the wise-cracking sarcastic Chandler Bing, who else but Daniel Choi could fill that void? Chandler is someone who makes fun of and gets made fun of, and Daniel Choi has shown his prowess in comedy in shows like High Kick Through the Roof and Baby Faced Beauty. Unassuming and charming at the same time, Daniel Choi is like the embodiment of a Korean "Miss Chanandler Bong."
Joey Tribbiani – Eric Moon
Stay with us here. Who better to portray a simple actor who's also a ladies' man? Eric Moon is handsome, has played an actor in a show (see: Spy Myung Wol), and is well-known for his 4-D, off-the-wall personality off-screen. Plus, we would pay to watch Eric Moon eat a half-trifle, half-shepherd's pie concoction!
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Gunther – Yoo Jae Suk
The ever-present barista and manager of Central Perk, Gunther is a fixture in the friends' lives, and just his peroxide blond hair is enough to make you feel entertained. We can't wait to see Yoo Jae Suk harbor a long-standing crush on Lee Min Jung and try to be part of the group without ever being accepted as part of the group.
Janice – Uhm Ji Won
Chandler's most memorable on-again-off-again girlfriend, Janice. Uhm Ji Won has proven that she can do comedy, like when her face gets stuck on wet cement on the road in The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry, and her voice is shrilly enough that it's no stretch imagining her doing the iconic "OH... MY... GOD!"
Mike – Jung Woo
Who can forget Phoebe's husband? Jung Woo (Answer Me 1994, You're the Best Lee Soon Shin) is the perfect actor to play the usually restrained Mike with his bursts of childlike innocence. Paired with Shin So Yool, it's a 90s heaven!
Marcel the Monkey – Kang Gary
Gary's already halfway there with the outfit.
What do you think? And who would you cast for these beloved characters?
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